Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens — Carl Jung

The Dream Research Institute is provided by the CCPE to promote research into the connection between dreams and well being from the spiritual perspective. The Institute supports a synergy of research to advance our understanding of dreams. Researchers at the DRI address such fundamental questions as:

  • the purpose and meaning of dreams
  • the contribution of dreams to mental health and wellbeing
  • the function and effectiveness of dreamwork in promoting psycho-spiritual and physical healing in a therapeutic setting.
  • the integration of the spiritual approach to dreams across psychotherapeutic approaches
  • the use of dreams to track psycho-spiritual development
  • the role of the imagination in dreams
  • the links between the lucid dream state and psycho-spiritual development
  • the neurology of states of consciousness in dreams

To explore these questions, researchers use a variety of observational, experimental, theoretical, phenomenological, and neurological approaches. Research areas include studies of the psycho-spiritual evolution of individuals reflected in dreams, accelerated healing in conscious dreaming and varieties of dream states and experiences, including lucid dreaming.

The DRI also runs professional seminars and public events on dreams.

Dream Research from the Spiritual Perspective: An interview with the DRI’s Founding Director, Dr Nigel Hamilton, and Noel Bell

Nigel and Noel discuss dream research (23 minutes).

Meet Our Team

Dr. Nigel Hamilton

Dr. Nigel Hamilton, Founding Director, DRI & CCPE, Ph.D., Dipl. Clinical Psychotherapy & Social Psychiatry.

Nigel serves as the Founding Director of the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education and the Dream Research Institute. He runs dream workshops, trainings and retreats in the UK and abroad He published Awakening Through Dreams: The Journey Through the Inner Landscape in 2014.

Melinda Powell, Co-Founder, DRI, and Senior Advisor, M.A. (Psych and Religion), Dipls. Psych., Spvn. & Adv. Psych., Cert. Transpersonal Dreamwork.

Melinda co-founded and advises the DRI. She has served as Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Melinda has developed and teaches the practice of ‘Lucid Surrender’. She is the author of The Hidden Lives of Dreams (2020) [email protected]

Dave Billington, Director and Course Facilitator, DRI, M.A., Dipls Psychotherapy, Supervision, Adv. Dreamwork

Dave directs the DRI and teaches dreamwork courses. He is working on developing and implementing the DRI vision of people waking up to the potential of their dreams with the opportunities and resources of the DRI to support learning about dreams from a psychospiritual perspective. [email protected]

Judy Pascoe, DRI Associate, MA Psychotherapy, Dipls. Psych, Supvn. & Adv. Psych; Dreamwork Cert.

Judy is a writer and psychotherapist with a life-long interest and experience in the joys and difficulties of the creative process. She has a particular interest in using dreams and art to aid in psychological transformation.

Debra Deaville, DRI Associate, MA Psychotherapy, Dipls. Psych, Supvn. & Adv. Psych, Dreamwork Cert.

Debra is an experienced dream guide and group facilitator. She has a special interest in working with alchemical dreams to guide the research process and facilitate psycho-spiritual transformation. Debra is conducting doctoral research at Canterbury Christ Church University into ‘the experience of embodying soul’, using dreams to guide her inquiry.

Dr. Rashon Chowdhury, DRI Associate, Director of Professional & Academic Studies, CCPE, EdD, MA, Dipls. Psych, Supvn, Dreamwork Certificate

Rashon is an experienced integrative transpersonal counsellor and psychotherapist as well as a scholar. For her Doctorate of Education she carried out research on Menopause from a psycho-spiritual perspective. She became CCPE’s Director of Professional and Academic Studies in 2021.

Our volunteers:

We are grateful for the time and effort contributed by Allegra Shorto and Camilla Emson, who work on our social media, events, audio production and online prescence.